Warning: Upcoming Gear Alert! That’s right, next week there will be many products released in Frankfurt, but many of them won’t be this dreamy. Here’s something to add to your wish list, but don’t worry, you’ve got a few days left to save! Based upon the success of their HLT2A, TUBE-TECH have announced they will debut a mastering version, suitably called the HLT2AM.
On the face of it, the HLT2A is a fairly simple EQ, but one that can mould and shape your sound with character and high-end quality. The HLT2A is a stereo unit, offering active tube low & high shelving EQ filters with a passive ‘T-filter’ and high/low pass filters. The ‘T-filter’ is ultimately a mid-band parametric style filter, but placed with the high/low pass filters after the shelving filters. All sections have bypass switches, including a master bypass.
It’s not clear how the mastering version will differ, except it’s fairly safe to assume the controls will be stepped for easy recall. It will be interesting to find out if any of the electronics will be different. Either way, this is certain to become another piece of classic gear as all the TUBE-TECH units tend to be. Even for mixing applications, I suspect this new unit will be more useful in modern workflows with the ability to remember settings.
This is certainly a piece of gear I’m looking forward to using one day, but not one I’m expecting to afford in a hurry. Prices aren’t available yet, but the current HLT2A unit is just over 2,600 GBP, which isn’t too bad actually for a piece of classic audio equipment. I suspect that this mastering version will be slightly more, unless they have an introductory offer. I also wonder which manufacturer will be the first to create a plugin version of these hardware units!
More Information: http://www.tube-tech.com/HLT2A,–a-New-Approach-to-EQ-ing!-121.html